Working Under The Radar

Hello, there!

I feel like I'm having to learn this blogging thing again, it's been so long since I last posted. If you are new around these parts, welcome! It may have been quiet around here, but my sewing machines have been humming - I have so many projects to share with you, so let's get started...

I did this project a few months back. It started with two chairs and grew to add four more. We started with a pair of these classic arm chairs...

Before

...added four more curvy side chairs, and refreshed them all with simple white cotton duck slipcovers...

So fresh and clean-looking! Here are some details...

(Aren't those pretty chairs?)

Simple slips for some classically beautiful chairs!

Sherri

P.S. Pillows by Pillows For Good.

Finally, for us...

If you have been following me on social media for awhile, you may remember that we purchased a new couch back in June. Well, it was a new-to-us couch, found through the 5miles app - have you ever used it? We (ok, I...) had been looking for awhile, and when I saw this Pottery Barn model, clean and available locally for a great price, and the seller was able to deliver it, SOLD! Here she is in all her red-flowered slipcovered glory...

When you are looking for pre-loved pieces with the intention to slipcover, it opens up lots more possibilities ;)

In this case, I really wanted to "neutralize" our family room. We LIVE in that room - play, read, watch TV, my husband's work desk is in there (artfully cropped out, because -- Professor ;) Someday, a real home office space for him...), it opens to the kitchen, you get the idea! It's a busy people space and I needed the decor to be quieter. Quieter now looks like this...

Much better than the navy we had before, and definitely an improvement over the red flowers! I found a brushed denim for a great price here, and with the impending deadline of hosting guests, ordered it in faith without seeing a sample. The fabric came and turned out to be almost the exact color of our paint in that room, perfect for the neutral, quiet look I was aiming for! I got lucky - if there was more time, I definitely recommend getting samples to make sure you are getting a color that works.

I was a little hesitant about getting a light color in such a well-used space, but it washes well and does so much for the room, that it is worth it.

I kept the slipcover design simple, partly because I had a deadline ;) A waterfall-style skirt saved some seams and eliminated several additional yards of piping.

All ready for some serious family time (and guests)!

Do deadlines help you get projects done?

Sherri

 

 

It's a Whole New Look

This has been a BUSY fall and this little corner of the interwebs has been neglected, so it's time to catch up on what I've been up to!

This was supposed to be an early spring project, but the fabric gods conspired against us and we had some fabric delays. In any case, here is where we started...

... two arm chairs and four side chairs. My client got a great deal on this set, but the chairs weren't quite her style, so slipcovers to the rescue!

We had previously slipcovered a chair and ottoman in a great textured, white linen/cotton blend...

... The plan was to use the same fabric for the dining chairs. Well, the fabric that the company was currently shipping was not the same as what we had used before. There was much back-and-forth, and she finally decided to just go ahead with the "new" version. It was still white and textured and had a similar weight, but was much softer and more "drapey." Here are the afters, starting with the armchairs...

The weight and drape of the fabric dictated simple lines, with just a bit of piping. But, there's always opportunity for a little more detail on the back, since that's generally the most visible part of a dining chair...

(oops, should have pressed that skirt a little more!) Buttons and loops, with just a bit of top-stitching to keep everything in place :)

The side chairs required a little more creativity - my client wanted the wooden backs covered (as if they were upholstered), and wanted the slipcovers to be in two pieces. So, this is what we came up with...

Short skirts and top-stitching, instead of piping, this time.

The shape of the backs of the chairs required a different strategy for the placement of the buttons...

Just a bit of a peek-a-boo leg ;)

Now her set feels more like her style, with the bonus functionality of slipcovers!

Sherri

Going to the Lake...

There is nothing quite like lake living (or, so I am imagining - I've never lived by a lake!). My client had a well-loved pair of chairs that needed a new look for their new lake home...

They are sturdy and have a classic shape. The pair was destined to anchor (see what I did there?) the ends of a large dining table. And here is the after...

This fabric was a perfect choice - a linen/cotton blend with a spa blue stripe (and, yes, this fabric has also showed up here and here). We chose to design the slipcovers with a waterfall-style skirt so the stripes wouldn't be interrupted by seams.

And I fit it so no closure was needed - it just slides on and off.

Now these chairs have a fresh new look, perfect for their new home at the lake!

Is lake-ing part of your summer tradition?

Sherri

P.S. The pillow shown for styling is from the Pillows For Good collection - a perfect match, don't you think ;)

From Thrift Store to French Beauty

You know I love a good before-and-after :) Well, this is a great one!

My client found this chair at a thrift store for a steal. Although it was orange, it was in great shape and she had a vision for what it could be.

By the time she brought it to me, it was all beautifully painted and ready for no more orange! She chose gainsack fabric with the navy stripe, and added a stencil to a piece of the grainsack for the cushion top. And here is the after...

What a difference a little paint and fabric can make - hard to believe it's the same chair! My client did a great job of the painting, and the stencil was a great choice to make it a one-of-a-kind piece...

There was a tiny bit of upholstery on the arms, so we made sure to cover that up as well...

(those arm covers just fasten with velcro underneath)

And I couldn't resist topping it off with a Pillows For Good pillow, just because :)

Now I know who to go thrift store shopping with! Have you come across any good finds lately?

Sherri

It's a Birthday!!

August Blues Slipcover Studio is 5 years old this month!! 

It's hard to believe 5 years has already gone by. It goes quickly when you enjoy the work and are able to stay busy. I truly have the best clients - to all of you, thank-you!! And I look forward to many more collaborations to come.

So, it's not a birthday without a little celebrating, and this time I get to give the gifts :) There are two ways to celebrate with me;

1. Buy a pillow cover (or 2 or 10...) - from now through September 15, all the pillow covers in the Pillows for Good shop are $5 off. Just use the code 5YEARS when you check out. $10 for every pillow cover sold will still go towards Empowerment Grants for refugee families in Iraq (then you get to be a giver, too!). And, as standard procedure for all things August Blues, all the pillow covers are washable and dry-able, so they do your family good, too. If you need a farmhouse pillow fix, this is your chance!

2. I'm giving away a one-of-a-kind pillow cover! I took the classic navy grainsack stripe and mixed up the stripes a little for a little twist on the typical pillow. And, as always, it's washable and dryable and $10 will be donated (this include the pillow cover only - it is sized 18 x 18" to best fit a 20 x 20" pillow insert). 

To enter to win the pillow cover, find the post with this picture on my Facebook page or my Instagram account and leave a comment (I will count one entry per username). This giveaway will run until Wed. Sept 7 at 8pm CST. And, yes, it's open to Canadian friends, too!!

Birthday parties are fun, but they are best when celebrated together. This business is truly a gift to me. Thank you to all of my amazing clients, and all those who follow, like, comment, and share as I take this journey - I can't do it without you!

With my deepest gratitude,

Sherri

 

Monogram-Ready

It's always fun to update family heirlooms for a new generation. We revisited a familiar design for this project (see here and here), but used a different fabric. First, the "before"...

So pretty! Linen, pleats, and allowance for a monogram were the requests. So, my client chose ivory linen from Gray Lines Linen (Home Furnishing linen in HF0027), which I found to be very similar to Glynn linen from Covington. And here is the "after"...

(Sorry for the poor picture quality - rainy days don't make for good picture-taking light!))

We used covered buttons, of course :)

Yep, love me some covered buttons! I opted to stop-stitch the the seams to ensure that they would always stay where they needed to be, even after washing.

And the monogram? Will go right in the middle of the seat.

These will be so pretty around Grandma's table!

Sherri

Crisp and Tailored

My client knew exactly what she wanted for this next project - tailored, white slipcovers. The only thing that changed in the course of planning was the size of the project - we started with one sleeper sofa, but then she purchased the same sofa in a non-sleeper version to replace a sectional that just wasn't working for them. 

Unfortunately, I don't have any "before" pictures, but both of these pieces are "Axis" style couches from Crate and Barrel. She chose white 12oz duck cloth and this was the outcome...

We opted for no skirt, just taking the slipcover almost down to the floor. And I think I am a fan of those simple track arms :)

This one is the sleeper - I treated it the same as the other, but installed a zipper around the seat deck to make it easy to access the pull-out bed without removing the whole slipcover.

Just very simple. But, those throw pillows! My client has the best collection - every time I install a slipcover, she brings out all these perfectly mixed-and-matched pillows - wait until you see the whole room!

Such a great space, made lighter and brighter with the white slipcovers...

A perfect summer look, just in time for the Texas heat!

Do lighten your home for summer?

Sherri